training and resources


FIRST Washington is committed to fostering and implementing strategies to become more inclusive and ensure our programs are accessible to all students.

We strongly encourage all coaches, mentors, volunteers, and participants to complete available DEI trainings and become familiar with all DEI resources, created and assembled by FIRST Inspires.


Gender Equity
  • Put Her FIRST Video Series – A collection of FIRST® LEGO® League videos featuring young women team members.
  • FIRST Like A Girl – #FIRSTLikeAGirl strives to improve the culture of STEM by sharing the experiences of the successful women and girls in FIRST.
  • LGBTQ+ of FIRST – An organization dedicated to raising awareness and acceptance of LGBTQ+ participants in FIRST.
  • You Go Girl – This initiative personifies team dedication to reversing society’s perception of women in engineering by inspiring girls to become involved in STEM fields.
  • Girls Who Code – The organization is building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States. Girls Who Code offers learning opportunities for students and alumni to deepen their computer science skills as well as their confidence.
  • Women in STEM: A Guide to Bridging the Gender Gap – Maryville University Online wants to help educate people on the benefits of a career in STEM fields as well as provide the resources necessary for women, minorities, and people with disabilities to follow their passion and desired career path. This guide provides some information about the current gender and diversity gaps in STEM university studies and careers, reasons for those gaps, and strategies to help promote inclusivity in STEM-related industries.
Disability Inclusion

Created in collaboration with Kids Included Together (KIT), these webinar training focuses on providing coaches and mentors with a better understanding of some of the challenges youth with disabilities face, and how to create a more welcoming and comfortable environment for everyone on their FIRST teams.

Human Rights Campaign, Project THRIVE

Human Rights Campaign, Project THRIVE
FIRST has joined Project THRIVE, a multi-year, collaborative effort of many national organizations led by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation to create more equitable, inclusive support systems and communities for LGBTQ+ youth.

Localization & Language Assistance

A critical aspect of being accessible and inclusive is communication with others. The FIRST Localizations & Language Assistance Strategy positions us to meet the communication needs of students experiencing barriers. Students experiencing limited English proficiency and students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities, should have the opportunity to fully participate in our programs.

Versions of FIRST materials in Spanish

If you need program specific materials in Spanish or another language, please contact to your local Program Delivery Partner or FIRST Customer Service for availability and access to those materials.

Student Well-Being

At FIRST, we are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community for all participants. Well-being is important and we encourage coaches and mentors to educate themselves on ways to best work with their students. A few helpful resources created by the National Institute for Mental Health are linked below. If specific questions or situations arise, we advise you to reach out to organizations that specialize in well-being.

  • Stand Up to Stress!
    This printable coloring and activity book for children ages 8-12 teaches kids about stress and anxiety and offers tips for coping in a healthy way.
  • I’m So Stressed Out!
    This fact sheet can be printed and posted about stress and anxiety and what students can do to cope.
  • I’m So Stressed Out!
    This infographic briefly presents information about stress, anxiety, and ways to cope when feeling overwhelmed. It was developed for use on social media to highlight the “I’m So Stressed Out” fact sheet.
  • Teen Depression: More than just moodiness
    This fact sheet is intended for teens and young adults and presents information about and how to recognize the symptoms of depression and how to get help.



The FIRST Reporting Portal provides a confidential platform for ANYONE to report youth protection concerns, medical incidents, or other issues. 

If you are unsure where a concern falls, we encourage you to make a report under “Other” and we will ensure that your report gets to the appropriate department to be addressed.

FIRST prohibits any form of retaliation against anyone making a good faith report of concern and anyone who participates in the investigation of a reported concern. If you feel any form of retaliation occurs because of reporting a concern, Youth Protection should be notified immediately.

All reports are reviewed by trained staff and reporters will receive a follow-up response as long as contact information is provided.